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-Nik Lentz defeated Tyson Griffin via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28).
-Paul Kelly defeated T.J. O’Brien via TKO (strikes) at 3:16 of round 2.
-Edson Barboza defeated Mike Lullo via TKO (leg kicks) at 0:26 of round 3.
-Dennis Hallman defeated Karo Parisyan via TKO (strikes) at 1:47 of round 1.
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Mark Munoz vs. Aaron Simpson
Round 1: Simpson scores first with a body shot. A combination lands for Simpson, he looks for the takedown against the fence. They break and take to the center of the cage. Munoz grabs Simpson and lands a knee to the body. A nice left lands for Munoz on his way back into the clinch. They break again and look to strike. Munoz wings a left hook that just misses. Simpson gets Munoz down and almost takes his back but Munoz scrambles. Simpson lands a double, but Munoz scrambles out again. Munoz with a few nice heavy punches in the clinch. He wobbles Simpson and Simpson looks for the tie up. Munoz turns him on the cage, they are jockeying for position. Munoz misses on a high kick. He lands a leg kick, and Simpson misses on a flying knee to close the round. Close round.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Simpson
Round 2: Simpson lands a solid right to the body. A kick to the body to follow. Munoz returns with a kick of his own, Simpson catches it and dumps him to the ground. He briefly goes for Munoz’s back again but Munoz scrambles away. Munoz lands with a few heavy punches that have Simpson looking dazed. They stop the action because of a low blow delivered by Simpson, Munoz is bleeding from his forehead. Munoz lands a right leg kick, tries it again and Simpson almost catches it for a second time. They are both swinging away without landing much. Simpson grabs another of Munoz’s leg kicks. Munoz kicks Simpson square in the face but he soldiers on and eventually gets a takedown. The ref stands them up for some reason, seems pretty questionable. Munoz lands one of his leg kicks and then nails Simpson low for another halt to the action. The tape replay shows a headbutt causing Munoz’s cut. Munoz throws another leg kick that gets him taken down. He attempts to reverse and look for a takedown of his own but Simpson voids. Munoz lands with nice right. They clinch and exchange a few knees. They are riding the cage with ten seconds to go.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-10
Due to technical difficulties, round three of Munoz-Simpson were lost.
Mark Munoz defeated Aaron Simpson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Matt Brown vs. Brian Foster
Round 1: They touch gloves to get it started. Brown looking to stalk Foster early. He lands a nice leg kick and then whiffs on one to the head. Foster moves in and lands a slick trip, immediately establishing side control. Brown scrambles and pushes Foster off of him, getting back to his feet. He goes right back after Foster, who stings him with punches on the way in. Brown lands with a nice kick and gets a takedown of his own after Foster tries a flying knee. Brown transitions from north-south to side control. Foster reverses and looks to take Brown’s back. He rolls for an armbar and Brown avoids, then starts looking for a d’arce choke. Foster gets to his feet, they clinch and exchange knees. Foster gets a takedown. Brown sweeps Foster and briefly gets mount. Foster rolls out of it and Brown is looking to take his back. Brown looking for the armbar now but Foster calmly avoids it after a few tense moments. Foster looking to land some ground and pound but Brown keeps him honest with an active guard and upkicks.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Brown
Round 2: Brown lands low early and the action is stopped. Foster looks to be in pain but continues to fight. He dumps Brown on his head off of a kick and looks to land ground and pound. Foster doing a better job of stifling Brown’s upckicks and landing with ground and pound. He looks for a guillotine and cinches it up, forcing Brown to tap.
Brian Foster defeated Matt Brown via submission (guillotine) at 2:11 of round 2
George Sotiropoulos vs. Joe Lauzon
Mark Fennel is the third man in the cage for this bout.
Round 1: They touch gloves to get it started. Lauzon looks good in delivering a couple of solid right hands. Sots tries to clinch but Lauzon breaks, landing another nice right. Sots with a good combination. Sots drops for a single leg and Lauzon defends. Lauzon landing much more often than Sots when they exchange. He avoids another takedown and lands with a one-two. Sots looks to put some punches together and then drops for a takedown. Lauzon avoids and hammers away with chopping elbows to an attacking Sotiropoulos. Lauzon pushes him off and they reset in the middle. Lauzon lands with punches and then tries for the Muay Thai plum, grabbing it but getting clipped in the process. Lauzon bullrushes Sots and Sots pulls guard. He reverses but then so does Lauzon, ending up on in Sotiroplos’ half guard. They scramble but Lauzon remains on top. Sots gets a single leg and Lauzon uses Butterfly guard to kick him off. Sots is looking for Lauzon’s back off of a scramble, he ends up in north-south. Sotiropoulos is smothering Lauzon from on top, establishing mount with ten seconds to go. When Sotiopoulos rolls for an arm, Lauzon gets free and lands with some elbows to close the round. Great round.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Lauzon
Round 2: Lauzon looking a bit less explosive this round, but still avoids a takedown attempt from Sotiropoulos. They fight for position on the fence, with Sotiropoulos pressing for the takedown. Lauzon avoids, but Sotiropoulos is starting to take the edge in the stand up. Sots gets the Muay Thai clinch and tees off with knees. They hit the ground with Sots on top in north-south and Lauzon’s right arm trapped. Sotiropoulos looks for the armbar but doesn’t set it up properly and Lauzon gets out. Sotiropoulos stays on him though, and forces the tap with a kimura shortly after.
George Sotiriopoulos defeated Joe Lauzon via submission at 2:43 of round 2.
Phil Davis vs. Tim Boetsch
Boetsch walks out to a Kid Rock song, which Joe Rogan points out could be an appeal to the Detroit crowd. Davis makes his way down to a T.I. track, looking focused and relaxed. Referee Herb Dean will cover this bout.
Round 1: They touch gloves and get set in the middle of the cage. Davis throws a body kick that is partially blocked. They trade leg kicks, then front kicks. Davis with a punch-kick combo that stings. Davis with a leg kick. Another nice leg kick from Davis. Boetsch catches one but can’t take Davis down. It happens again and Boetsch clips Davis in the back of the head. It seems to have no ill effect as they go right back to it. Davis gets a takedown from a body lock and briefly looks for an arm triangle. There is blood on Boetsch’s arm that the announcers suspect is from Davis’ knee. Davis scoring with big shots to the body of a downed Boetsch. Davis dropping elbows to the head now, looking for mount. Davis is throwing big right hands, smothering Boetsch on the ground. Boetsch scrambles out but Davis stays on him, landing knees from the clinch.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Davis
Round 2: Davis starts the round with a high kick that is partially blocked. It isn’t long before Davis manhandles Boetsch against the fence and the crowd boos as they fight for position. Davis is fighting hard for the takedown, Boetsch jumps for the guillotine but Davis gets out of it and lands in Boetsch’s side control. Davis is isolating Boetsch’s left arm now. Davis cranks Boetsch’s left arm behind his back and Boetsch eventually taps. Rogan is astonished by the one-armed kimura finish.
Phil Davis defeated Tim Boetsch via submission (modified kimura) at 2:55 of round 2.
Joe Rogan dubs Phil Davis’ seemingly newly invented move as the “Mr. Wonderful.”
Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao
Harris carries a six inch reach advantage into this bout against Octagon newcomer Maiquel “Big Rig” Falcao. Dan Miragliotta will officiate the fight.
Round 1: Hrris in the Southpaw stance. Harris whiffs on a huge overhand left. Falcao looking measured and calm. Harris lands a slick jab. Another, his left hand hanging low. The crowd boos and Miragliotta urges the fighters to engage. Falcao has not yet looked to engage Harris. He opens up with a quick body kick that lands on Harris’ midsection. Harris misses on a one-two. Falcao rushes in with a flurry of blows that catches Harris off balance. He forces Harris to the mat against the cage and unleashes with ground and pound. He is sitting in Harris’ half guard and firing away. He’s ooking for the rear naked choke as Harris attempts a takedown of his own. Harris gets him down but Falcao takes Harris’ back, he sinks a rear naked choke but Harris holds on until the bell. Falcao holds the choke for a bit longer than the bell but nothing comes of it.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Falcao
Round 2: Falcao lands immediately with a nice straight right that buckles Harris. Harris gets up and fires back but Falcao puts him right back down. Falaco takes his back with both hooks in. Falcao is grinding Harris’ face while looking for the choke. Now Falcao is bombing away from the back. Harris reverses it and looks for a takedown against the fence. Falcao reverses again and gets double underhooks. They separate, Harris looking beaten down. Harris shoots half-heartedly and Falcao sprawls. Harris tries to follow through and they hit the fence, Harris working away. Harris dumps Falcao but the Brazilian hops immediately back to his feet. He lands a body kick. A head kick lands for Falcao. Harris shoots immediately and Falcao avoids easily. Harris is holding on to Falcao’s legs for dear life it seems, getting mostly nowhere. Falcao pecks away with punches and elbows. Falcao gets to his feet.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Falcao
Round 3: Harris needs to finish the fight in this round if he is to win it at all. He lands a jab. Falcao with a leg kick that misses. They are taking their time to engage, feeling each other out still. Miragliotta urges them to fight, “It’s the last round!” Falcao hanging back while Harris tries with mostly ineffective strikes. Harris tries to counter on a Falcao leg kick but whiffs completely. Harris trying to land, Falcao looking content to ride out the victory. The crowd is very restless. Falcao sprawls out of a Harris takedown and they continue on with the inaction. Falcao misses on a head kick. Falcao with a few punches at the bell. The crowd rains down the boos.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-10 for Falcao
Maiquel Falcao defeated Gerald Harris via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
The crowd continues the boos, no interview is given.
Matt Hughes vs. BJ Penn
Penn enters looking pumped up, to his regular Hawaiian tune. He’s wearing a shirt that reads “A.I. Would Scrap,” in memory of professional surfer Andy Irons, who passed away recently from complications related to Dengue fever. Hughes sticks to “A Country Boy Can Survive” by Hank Williams, looking like he’s ready to go to work. Miragliotta will ref this bout.
Round 1: Both men look fired up. Penn landing early. Penn catches a body kick but lets it go. Penn lands a right hand that drops Hughes, he follows him to the ground and pounds away. It’s over!
An emotional Penn runs out of the Octagon, eventually re-entering.
BJ Penn defeated Matt Hughes via knockout at 0:21 of round 1.
Penn: “I love you Detroit! I love you UFC! Matt Hughes, you’re my idol, you’ve always been my idol, thank you!”
Hughes says Penn hit him very hard, he wasn’t just clipped. Hughes says he had a great training camp and that he was very excited for this fight. “I don’t know what the plan is now.”
Quinton Jackson Vs. Lyoto Machida
Machida enters the cage first, to a Linkin Park track. “Rampage” enters looking mean, letting off his trademark howl to the strains of the PRIDE FC theme. Herb Dean will be the third man in the cage.
Round 1: JAckson walking Machida down early, Machida moving as usual. Machida with an inside leg kick. Machida whiffs on a kick. Another. Machida looking to land leg kicks, while “Rampage” looks for a way inside. Jackson attempts to bull forward, but Machida avoids most of the offense. Jackson is swinging for the fences, he closes the distance and gets Machida pressed against the cage. Jackson using foot stomps and thigh punches to distract Machida. They break and Jackson swings like a wild man. Machida misses on a knee and Jackson counters. Jackson takes a body kick and avoids a right hand, pressing Machida against the cage again. Machida turns off of the cage. Jackson using footwork to stay within range on Machida, cutting off the cage. Jackson rushes forward with punches with ten to go.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Jackson
Round 2: Jackson backs Machida against the wall early, but “The Dragon” is still moving well. He lands a body kick. Machida tries for a trip but Jackson avoids and presses him against the cage. Machida complains of a low blow and the action is halted. They restart in the middle. They clinch again and Jackson lands a knee. They end up against the cage again, but his time Jackson gets a reversal and lands a nice takedown on Machida. They get back to their feet and Machida turns Jackson on the fence. They break and Jackson barely misses with a right on the break. Machida rushes in for the clinch this time. Jackson gets double underhooks and lands a nice knee. Machida tries for a head kick that is blocked. Jackson with a nice uppercut, right hand combination that pops Machida’s head up. Machida goes for the clinch again and they hit the fence. Machida working for the takedown but Jackson avoids it. Jackson shucks him off with ten seconds to go. Jackson slips almost at the bell and blocks a high kick. Difficult fight to score.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Jackson
Round 3: A leg kick lands for “Rampage.” Machida returns thefacor. Jackson chasing Machida, lands a few punches. They exchange and Machida sticks “Rampage” with a punch that has him backing up. Jackson recovers and fires back but Machida gets the takedown, sitting in half guard. Machida establishes the mount after faking a kimura with 1:30 to go. Machida is looking for an armbar. Jackson goes for his patented slam but Machida gives up the hold and they hit their feet, shortly after hitting the fence. Machida pulls Machida to the ground and then rolls for a leg lock, then tries for the beginnings of an omoplata.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Machida
The two fighters embrace and Jackson raises Machida’s hand.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defeated Lyoto Machida via split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jackson says his aggression is the main reason he won, crediting Machida for “whooping his ass.” Calls Machida “the man,” and says a rematch is in order.
Machida says that he did the best he could and that the judges saw what they saw. Machida agrees that a rematch is in order, the crowd voices its support.